BBC Radio Car, LT05XAN


Recently we were contacted by Paul Andersson, an ex-BBC engineer who had a 2005 Peugeot 807 radio car from BBC Coventry which he wished to donate to the group.

Paul did most of the design work for these Radio cars, which were replacements for the earlier Peugeot 806. Ten identical 807 based cars were built, by dB Broadcast.

It is complete with the mast and interior 19″ rack with some of the original equipment including power and control systems.

The picture above shows it in BBC livery, but it was re-sprayed into the original factory colour as a condition of sale by the BBC.

BECG has graciously accepted this vehicle as a gift, seen here being accepted by Paul Elkington on behalf of BECG.

Radio Car handover to Paul Elkington

Some more photos of the inside.

BBC P5 Generator NGF728

We are delighted to announce that we have bought a former BBC mobile generator vehicle at auction. It came up at the CVA Doncaster commercial vehicle and plant online auction on 20 October 2020. The auctioneer contacted us because of Ruth Slavid’s article in Commercial Motor. We are grateful for assistance from Mark Forrester and his company, Euromunicipal, who are regular customers of CVA and bid on our behalf. At very short notice we managed to secure enough funding, but with a struggle and only just.

Advertisement in Commercial Motor magazine.
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Long Live Vivat!

Long live Vivat! – Jeffrey Borinsky and Paul Marshall

When we wrote about some of our outside broadcast (OB) trucks in the Winter 2019 Bulletin, we said a little about Vivat, our oldest truck, but this fascinating project deserves a closer look. It is a re-creation, as near as is technically possible, of an OB truck that was used at the Queen’s coronation on 2 June 1953.

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Roving Eye article updated again

Richard’s Roving Eye article continues to evolve, with more history appearing!

Updates include:

  • REII photographs at Fairoaks Airfield, Chobham for a stunt flying programme from Brian Balshaw.
  • REII photographs from Pat Jessup.
  • NYN 286Y is transferred to Pebble Mill, for Top Gear.
  • Some re-arrangement of the sections to improve the time-lines.
  • More on the proposed CRE rebuild.

My “Palace of Arts” Days

By Dan Cranefield, Senior Engineering Manager, BBC Tel OBs

The Palace of Arts, Wembley during the 1948 Olympics.
Photo: BBC Archive via

After the war BBC Television Outside Broadcasts (Tel OBs) operated from their base at the Palace of Arts in Wembley, one of the substantial buildings which were built there specially for the British Empire Exhibition in 1924. Some of these buildings were put to other uses later on.

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